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  • High Holy Day Survey - Thank you for your feedback
  • Friday, October 12, 6 p.m. - Musical Shabbat service and aufruf celebrating the upcoming chuppah of Katie Levy and Alec Feintuch
  • Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. - First class of Kinderlach & Gesher
  • Sunday, October 14, 4 p.m. - The Politics of Cyberspace Lecture with Professor Mich Kabay
  • Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 p.m. - Book Club at the home of Barbara Stern
  • Friday, October 19, 6 p.m. - National Refugee Shabbat
  • Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. - Author Rick Winston discusses his new book Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the Mccarthy Era 1946-1960
  • Friday - Saturday, Oct. 26-27 - Special Shabbaton with Rabbi Lev Friedman
  • JCOGS Strategic Planning - RSVP for final session November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Other Area Events
Please scroll down for more details about these programs
High Holy Days Survey
We value your feedback and would like to know your thoughts on our High Holy Days Services. This is a short (and quick) survey and we truly appreciate you taking the time to fill it out.
Thank you!
Musical Shabbat Service and an A ufruf Celebration
Friday, October 12, 6 p.m.
We come together in prayer, chant, and meditation, tapping into ancient words and new and old melodies. We come to find out what happens when prayer has the potential to move us toward joy and transformation.

Special thanks to Robby and Linda Levy who will sponsor this week's special oneg in honor of the chuppah of their daughter and future son-in-law, Katie Levy and Alec Feintuch.
Kinderlach & Gesher begins this week!
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.
Join us for our first Kinderlach & Gesher Shabbat morning program for young families of children ages birth to 7.
Help us prepare for our programs: if you have one of the items below, please drop off at the JCOGS office before Oct. 11th.
- Large rectangular table cloth (solid color or soft pattern)
- fabric scraps from any quilters or crafters
The Politics of Cyberspace with Professor Mich Kabay
Sunday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.
Join us for our final fascinating lecture on the series politics of cyberspace presented by Mich Kabay, PhD , CISSP-ISSMP, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University.
The Singularity: How will we respond to self-aware, self-motivated artificial intelligence?
If robots and artificial intelligence become self-aware and develop their own reasons for doing things, how are human beings going to respond? How should we respond? Does it make a difference on a moral level if what seems to be a person is made of tissues and cells or of metal and plastic? Special treat: we'll watch a video called "The Measure of a Man" about a machine who objects to being dissected.
Free and open to the public, refreshments served.
Book Club at the home of Barbara Stern
Tuesday, October 16, 12:30 p.m.
We will now be meeting at either the home of a book club member or at a restaurant to discuss the month's book during our lunch. Our first meeting will be at Barbara Stern's home. We are looking for new members, so please feel free to join us! This month will be discussing the book "Moonglow" by Michael Chabon.
For directions, please call Barbara at 802-851-8488. For more information, or if you want to join, please call Carole at 802-253-7408.
National Refugee Shabbat
Friday, October 19, 6 p.m.
On Friday, October 19, Jews across the country will take action for refugees during HIAS' National Refugee Shabbat. Over this Shabbat, the American Jewish community will dedicate sacred space to refugees and asylum seekers. Come to this special service at 6 pm presented by your tikkun olam committee and be inspired to take action. A potluck dinner will follow services with a very special talk presented by long-time JCOGS member Stephen Rosenbloom, who will speak about his experience working with refugees in Texas. Please bring a vegetarian dish for the potluck (join us even if you can't bring a dish).
Rick Winston discusses his new book, Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the Mccarthy Era 1946-1960
Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m.
What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.
Free and open to the public, light refreshments served.
JCOGS Strategic Planning
RSVP for final session on Nov. 7, 4-5:30 p.m.
Our community has changed a great deal over the last few years. Not long ago, we didn’t have a full-time rabbi, and now we have a full calendar of religious observances, a plethora of social gatherings, and a children’s education program that is bursting with energy. Certainly all of this growth is exciting. As we plan for our future, it is important to pause and consider what we value in our community and how we would like to define ourselves in the years to come. To that end, the board has created a strategic planning committee to steward a community-wide self-examination and conversation.
The first step in a multi-pronged process will be focus groups, open to the entire community. Please RSVP to Olivia ( ) if you can attend our final community session on: November 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
(Note that our board and our teens will have separate opportunities to participate.)

This is an exciting process that will ultimately result in a practical set of attainable goals for our lay leaders, our staff, and our entire community. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Rabbi David, Emily Rosenbaum (president), Marlene Maron, Steve Berson
Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Lev Friedman
Friday and Saturday, October 26 - 27
Friday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
Join Rabbi Lev Friedman, (our Guest Rabbi for Yom Kippur) in community for a joyful, musical and contemplative Friday night service. He will bring his sense of delight at being with JCOGS again along with his sense of humor, some of his own original music, and a few sweet and interesting teachings to enhance our Shabbat experience.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.
In Torah study on Shabbat morning we will look at the very meaty Torah potion, Va-yera, and concentrate on one or two narratives. Where does Isaac go after the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac? How do we understand the Binding? Who is being tested? And what of Hagar and Ishmael? Might they have anything to do with Isaac’s seeming disappearance? Stay tuned!

Click here for Rabbi Lev's recent Q&A.

Make sure to pick up a complimentary copy of his CD in our lobby.
Other Area Events
Hospice in our community.
Free community discussion October 10, 6:30 p.m. Green Mountain Technology Careers Center. Registration is requested as refreshments will be provided. RSVP 888-8291 or at
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day… remembering them together …Naming ceremony, poetry reading, resources, henna, music, crafts and keepsakes
Saturday, October 13, 3 - 5 p.m., with a candlelit walk and lantern release at 5 p.m
Lamoille Home Health and Hospice | Farr Ave, Morrisville VT
Event organized by Childhood Bereavement Coalition of Lamoille County
Vermont premiere screening + Q&A of the award winning documentary Operation Wedding . The Jewish "wedding" that cracked open the USSR.
Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m. at the University of Vermont in Lafayette Hall L207  RSVP
Screening will be followed by Q&A session with Israeli Director & protagonists's daughter, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov.
Storytelling & Potluck
5 p.m. Saturday, October 20, at Story Barn.
480 Hogback Road, Cambridge, VT
For more info and to RSVP:, or call Mark at 802-585-9888.
Descendants of the Shoah Conference
Sunday, November 11, 2018
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the University of Hartford
For Holocaust survivors, descendants, and the general community. 860-470-5591
Header photo courtesy of Dan Lax